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Science and Technology Programs

John C. Wells Planetarium
The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the school year. The shows are held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.
Contact: Shanil Virani

Mineral Museum
The Mineral Museum is located in Room 6139 of Memorial Hall, and the public is welcome to view it Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It features over 550 crystals and gemstones from around the world.

Shenandoah Valley Pure Water 2000 Forum
A nonprofit organization coordinated by the College of Integrated Science and Technology, the forum promotes activities addressing water quality issues and environmental education in the Shenandoah River watershed.

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) is a non-profit membership organization —started in 1997— that serves technology users AND creators in the Shenandoah Valley. This includes companies large and small, entrepreneurs, educators, individuals and students. Members and non-members gather about once a month for informal networking at a luncheon that features a speaker, and several times a year for after-hours networking. Once a year techies and non-techies gather for Tech Nite, the council’s premier event of the year to highlight and honor technology innovation and achievement in seven award categories. The council is also involved and supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) efforts by providing start-up grants to new local FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams. Membership not required to participate in any of the activities, but often a reservation is encouraged. More info:, 540-568-7882,
Contact: Nicky Swayne

Speech-Language-Hearing Applied Laboratory
Formerly referred to as the JMU Speech and Hearing Center, the lab provides communication evaluation and treatment services to individuals with known or suspected speech and/or hearing impairments. For over 25 years this center has provided assistance to residents of the Shenandoah Valley ranging in age from infants to senior citizens.

The Career Development Academy
Created by the College of Education to address the growing need in Harrisonburg to educate English language learners in literacy, language acquistion and career development.

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